On the 15th January 2015, former President of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo, represented by Dr Andreas O’Shea of Charter Chambers, led by French lawyer, Emmanuel Altit, together with a team of lawyers from France and Ivory Coast, was acquitted on all charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Laurent Gbagbo was President from 2000 to 2011, when he was removed from his palace residence by the actions of French military and rebel armed forces and surrendered to the ICC.
The conflict in Ivory Coast was sparked by inconsistent findings between the Electoral Commission and the Constitutional Council on the winner of the elections between Laurent Gbagbo and the opposition and rebel leader, now President Ouattara. Former President Gbagbo was accused of directing atrocities in the subsequent post-election violence.
Dr O’Shea’s principal role within the international team was the cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, ranging from experts to individuals within the respective power structures and first hand witnesses to crimes.
Dr O’Shea has represented a number of clients in international criminal courts and tribunals including General and rebel leader Germain Katanga (situation in the DRC), the second case before the ICC, singer and composer Simon Bikindi,( International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), former Rwandan Minister of Education Andre Rwamakuba (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), militia leader and professor Vojislav Seselj (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia), RUF head of internal security Augustine Gbao (Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone), and alleged terrorist in the bombing of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, Hassan Merhi (Special Tribunal for Lebanon).